BCCI should be taken over by Union government: Kirti Azad

Kirti Azad alleged that the reason N Srinivasan’s (above) decision to bring Dalmiya back was unopposed by the state associations because of mismanagement of funds from their side © PTI

Mumbai: Jun 4, 2013
Cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad continued his tirade on the BCCI by saying that India’s premier cricket body should be brought under the purview of the Union government. In a column for DNA, Azad wrote that “the worst fears of 1.2 billion cricket lovers came to pass as the BCCI continued to be a close knit circle of friends.” Azad was writing after the BCCI Working Committee meeting on June 2 where board President N Srinivasan “stepped aside” and former chief Jagmohan Dalmiya took over on interim basis.
“The video conferencing charade [at the Working Committee meeting on June 2] was planned well in advance. Niranjan Shah and Jagmohan Dalmiya had been sounded out. It was clear that Srinivasan would not accept Shah’s candidature since he would be deemed as a west zone prop. Dalmiya was considered to be a safe bet. It is another matter that the BCCI has no provision for interim president, and the meeting, in the absence of notice of 72 hours, was unconstitutional.”
Azad also alleged that the reason Srinivasan’s decision to bring Dalmiya back was unopposed by the state associations because of mismanagement of funds. “The state associations have a lot to answer. Mismanagement of funds that the BCCI disburses every year is endemic in the system. At least six state associations are battling charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Obviously, these associations cannot think of opposing the board president. And Srinivasan, once the president of a chess federation, obviously knows his moves.
“In a note dated 14/12/2011 submitted by the Union Ministry of Sports before the Central Information Commission, the government wanted the BCCI to be a public authority and come under the RTI act.
“Given the sheer mockery of the board meeting in Chennai, it’s high time the Union government, through an ordinance, takes over the BCCI affairs and safeguards the money that is unsafe in the hands of a few selfish individuals,” wrote Azad.
“The Prime Minister himself owes an answer to the country. His statement that ‘politics and sports should not get mixed up’ needs to be demonstrated on the ground,” he signed off.

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